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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Awesome day in Garden of the Gods

We never want to allow ourselves to not marvel at the natural beauty that surrounds us in Colorado, and today did not disappoint us as the Garden of the Gods was stunning against the crystal-clear blue sky. The gateway to the park framing Pikes Peak is always an awesome panorama.
The trees are finally getting leaves on them (third week of May!!) and there is more green to contrast the red rock and limestone in the park. Kathleen is running through the Dakota trail above.
The Garden is one of our favorite spots and will probably show up on many of our posts but it offers such great trail running that we cannot stay away. There is not much, if any, flat on these trails, so be ready for many ups and downs if you run here. Steve is running the Palmer trail, ascending toward the high point of the park.
There are many stunning landmarks in the Garden and the Siamese Twins Arch is one of the more phtographed rock formations. Anyone who has the 2008 Runner's World calendar will recognize this from the February photo.
Running along the front ridge of the park on the Niobrara trail there are great views of the park, and off in the distance is Red Rock Canyon Open Space (which may just show up in our post for tomorrow!!)
Kathleen running strong on Niobrara trail, finishing up a great day on the trails. We put in about 8.5 miles with all of the undulations adding up to 1350' of elevation gain. Good times and postcard scenery - we are truly blessed!!!
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